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  • Poly Pads

    Just a quick question for the eventing crowd about Poly Pads. My eventer friend introduced me to these lovely pads a couple weeks ago and pony and I are in love! The one I'm using fits beautifully, has washed well and Mr. Pony has not protested the use of it one bit! I asked about why I had never heard of them in hunterland before and she jokingly told me "oh, they're an eventer thing"

    Just looking for some info on how well these fare long term, if they affect saddle fit, if they squish or flatten out with too much use, or any other note worthy issues...With a 60$ price tag, it's worth knowing some background info on.


  • #2
    In all honesty, i can't stand them but that is because they are such a pain to launder (they take up a ton of room in the machine) and I find that horses get too hot in them in the late spring/summer/early fall. However, I am not aware of more severe problems like saddle fit, etc.

    I prefer a baby pad (a very hunter-y thing!) with a sheepskin half pad. It is so easy to wash the baby pads and I have found the sheepskin to be the best cushion with "breathability".
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant


    • #3
      Love them!

      I've had mine for close to ten years and it looks new! The "stuffing" hasn't budged with all the use and washing, color looks great (mine's navy), and the fabric shows no wear. Totally worth the money IMO. :-)


      • #4
        I love poly pads! I don't own any of my own but at one ws position we used them on all our horses! They were used in so cal heat with no problems with horses overheating, all were used and washed often and hold up super well! I'll definitely be buying some as soon as I get my moms approval to spend that much money on a saddle pad! Lol!


        • #5
          I love them. They last really well. Sometimes you can find them on Ebay pretty cheaply.


          • #6
            Hate them. Lose my close contact feel with the horse, plus, on one horse, they keep sliding back under the saddle.


            • #7
              Could someone post a link please?


              • #8
                I adore the cheap roma versions. They stay up much better than a thin saddle pad, and my horse is much happier and has no dry spots. I am thinking about buying an actual poly pad as well, but haven't had the money.


                • #9
                  +1 on Roma version

                  I like the Roma versions better (the Softie pads) - they are cheaper, a bit less poofy, have a shaped wither, and seem to stay in place a bit better. I also like that they are black on one side and white on the other. Wash well and I can fit more than one in the washing machine. I doubt they are anywhere near as durable as the real PolyPads, but I have both and never seem to reach for the PolyPads.

                  This is what I am talking about:


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by goodmorning View Post
                    Could someone post a link please?

                    I just ordered the reversible version I was trying to decide between navy and hunter (I'm afraid I'm going to switch barns, and switch colors etc haha) and was about to order both and then saw the reversible one! lol. Anyways.


                    • #11
                      Hate them. My horses all seem to have high withers, and the pad took up all the wither clearance and caused a big rub when I tried it.


                      • #12
                        Dreadful things. But they make great dog beds

                        Too bulky, so Id need to have my saddle refitted to use them. Ive used them years ago, not been happy with them and had slippage.

                        As for quality, I know someone who had a load of new polypads for the entire barn to replace the old ones, and they wore really badly really quickly and polypad were less than helpful.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Highflyer View Post
                          Hate them. My horses all seem to have high withers, and the pad took up all the wither clearance and caused a big rub when I tried it.
                          Ha. Funny. We use them on the BFG, who is prehistoric with his withers. They make him a lot more comfortable.

                          I am not a hater or a lover. I use them on the horses I think they are better on. I go through stages where I absolutely love them and want to use them on everyone. But, really, they are perfect for some horses, but not on others.


                          • #14
                            My 2 polypads have lasted over 5 years with a LOT of use on multiple horses.

                            As someone else said, depends on the horse and the saddle as to whether I use them.

                            They soak up a LOT of moisture before it "seeps through" to a saddle - quite a benefit in muggy Florida.


                            • #15
                              I've had mine for about 10 years.
                              I actually like them broken in more than new.

                              The only thing band about them is that if you need to hook some sort of equipment that needs a girth billet, such as a breast collar, you are SOL.

                              I don't think they are an "eventing thing". They have been in the saddle pad section of Dover, SLT, and other such catalogs for years.

                              for high withered horses I just grab the pad and pull it up before tightening the girth.
                              Never had an issue.
                              Last edited by purplnurpl; Jan. 12, 2011, 11:47 AM.
                              Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                              • #16
                                Schneider's has knock-offs on sale for $19 right now! www.sstack.com


                                • #17
                                  Due to their expense, I buy the know-off version by Roma. I LOVE them! They wash and wear incredibly well. I get the reversable version for more use. I have Devoucoux's and they are a perfect fit. I've never had a problem with them fitting. And cost 1/3 as much as a Poly Pad.

                                  If you're looking for custom saddlepads with the same style/feel, www.padperfect.com make great pads.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by *Trinity* View Post
                                    Schneider's has knock-offs on sale for $19 right now! www.sstack.com
                                    I searched poly pad and found these:
                                    ooo I like!

                                    Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                                    • #19
                                      here they are:


                                      compared to the name brand:
                                      Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                                      • #20
                                        I love them, but not the super-thick ones. I have had two of those, and one of them is still around . . . the cats sleep on it! I didn't like the other--too puffy.

                                        I have never had anything remotely resembling a "feel" of my horse, so what saddle pad I use is not a factor in THAT department.

                                        The ones I have are remarkably resistant to slipping, even when other pads do, so no complaints there. Some people (probably fairly) claim they become very heavy and sodden when they get very sweaty, but I have not had that prove to be a major issue. I don't show in them, though--I guess if it were 100 degrees on endurance day at a CCI it might factor in.

                                        I have one that I bought when Kelly (the real "Delta Wave") was about 6 or 7 years old. Kelly is 24 this year. That is still my favorite pad. I think they get better, softer, and nicer with age and in fact I wash new ones about half a dozen times before I start liking them. Durable, for me, has not been an issue.
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